Dick L. Hess Bedford, 74
He was born on September 12, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Thomas L. and Pauline (Wenrick) Hess.
On June 8, 1958, in Saxton, he married Shirley L. Cornelius, who survives along with a son, Jeffrey, married to the former Lizette Tanon of Bedford; three grandchildren: Erika, Zachary and Haden; and one sister, Alice Mae Heffner of Roaring Spring.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Fred and Earl, and an infant brother, Jack.
He was a1958 graduate of Saxton Liberty High School and a member of Bedford United Methodist Church.
He was a Pennsylvania state representative that served the 78th District and was currently serving as the majority chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He was a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and served on the House Rules Committee and Republican Policy Committee. He also served on the PENNVEST Board of Directors.
During the 2011-12 legislative session, he served as majority chairman of the House Commerce Committee, which has oversight of banking and economic issues throughout Pennsylvania.
Prior to being elected to the General Assembly in 1986, he served 15 years as Bedford County’s prothonotary and clerk of courts. He began his career in public service in the tax assessment office, and in 1965 he became the chief clerk to the Bedford County commissioners, a position he held for seven years. He was a member of the UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for more than 40 years, the University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown Advisory Board and the Broad Top Home Nursing Advisory Board. He was a lifetime member of Saxton Volunteer Fire Co. He also belonged to the Everett and Bedford Area Republican clubs, Bedford Elks Lodge #1707, Bedford Moose Lodge #480, Bedford American Legion Post #113, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, Bedford County Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, Yardley Woodside Fish & Game Association, Safari Club International, Federation of Sportsmen, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was also an active supporter of high school sports teams in his district.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Trinity United Church of Christ, Saxton. Jim Miller officiated. Burial was at Grandview Cemetery in Saxton.
Arrangements were by Akers Funeral Chapel and Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home.
In honor of Rep, Dick L. Hess, memorial contributions can be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Child Life Department, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.